Julio C. Rivas, CS
Sometimes it seems that we are drowning in problems. This is how many admirable and high-accomplishing people felt at various times in their lives.
The apostle Paul, who experienced many setbacks, betrayals, abandonment and torture, must have found himself lost on many occasions. There is, for example, the time when after experiencing several setbacks and sufferings he gets bitten by a venomous serpent. Prior to the snake bite he had been enslaved, almost thrown overboard the sailing ship, and narrowly escaped a sea storm. Although the ship was destroyed by the storm all the men were able to swim to shore. Then while he’s making a fire to warm the men he gets bitten by the serpent. But Paul yields to the imperial power of SPIRIT and this antidotes the serpent’s venom. This experience impacted everyone around him and many of them became followers of the Christ-message.
Because difficulties and setbacks can appear suddenly we should remain spiritually synchronized to the superlative presence of LOVE-SPIRIT. But even when our thinking is disconnected from SPIRIT-MIND, we can link up again because SPIRIT keeps us within its superlative grace.
Jesus, who knew extreme suffering up close, emboldens us with this statement: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions (and dragons), and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
SOUL possesses and manifests maximum intelligence and power. SOUL expresses us and we derive from SOUL outstanding spiritual intelligence and authority. This makes us victorious over any and all disease, fear and distress. When we are working in rhythm with SOUL we express triumphant wisdom, health and love.
We also have this profound declaration by Jesus: “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
To accept that our names – our spiritual identities -- are written in heaven is to understand ourselves as MIND’s oeuvre, as its triumphant, eternal, incorporeal and beautiful ideas. We overcome all hindrances when we yield to the matter-shattering and SPIRIT-glorifying revelations of MIND. Clear spiritual reasoning, combined with conviction and grace, produces success after success.
We can draw courage from the characters of early Christianity. Jesus experienced and conquered the crucifixion. The disciple John overcame many trials, including surviving being put into a vat of boiling oil. The 1st – 3rd century Christians healed thousands, overcame extreme suffering, and resurrected many from sin and death.
Impressive theologian and healer, M. B. Eddy wrote: “To infinite, ever-present Love, all is Love, and there is no error, sin, sickness, nor death.”
“Serpents, scorpions and dragons” vanish before the realization that we are subsumed, defined and fueled by the all-intelligence and all-health-life of LOVE-MIND.